Friends of the Port Townsend Library!

We always welcome more Friends. Support your library by joining the organization, donating books, volunteering, or all three.

Join the Friends and receive . . . 

  • Satisfaction from sustaining our public library and community

  • Three newsletters a year

  • Early admission to book sales

  • Invitations to the Friends’ annual meeting and other gatherings​​

Donate books


We appreciate

Donations of clean books, DVDs, and CDs—all in good shape; please ask yourself, Would I buy this item? Place your items in the big gray donation box near the library entrance, off the parking lot on the Harrison Street side.


The good news is that our book-donation box remained open during 2020 amd 2021. The not-so-good news is that we still cannot take large donations of boxes of books. Other local options for large donations include:

  • Joseph Bednarik, local book seller, 360-531-4377

  • Discover Books, 20 or more boxes only; call 419-578-6090 for pickup

  • Goodwill, 360-385-6600; call in advance

  • Food Bank, children’s books only, 360-531-0275


Thank you for thinking of us! We will update you when we are again able to take large donations. For more information, e-mail

We cannot take

  • Damaged books (underlined or written in; broken spines; with torn, missing, or dog-eared pages; water damaged; mildewed or moldy)

  • Romance novels, Time-Life series, Reader’s Digest condensed books, textbooks, English-language dictionaries, or encyclopedias

  • Books with stapled or spiral bindings

  • Self-help books (e.g., miracle cures and diets) or computer books ten years old or older

  • VHS or audio cassette tapes


Volunteer for fun

Friends of the Port Townsend Library volunteers
  • Book sales

  • Book s​orting, boxing, transporting

  • Outreach

  • Occasional tasks

  • Create your own job!

Join our board

From time to time, we look for book and library enthusiasts to serve on our board. Comfort with computers is a must, as is an eagerness to work alongside friends and neighbors for the benefit of our library and community. We can really use someone with graphic design and online skills. Please email us for more information.

The health of our civilization . . . and our concern for the future can all be tested by how well we support our libraries.

— Carl Sagan (1980)